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April 11, 2017

Around the nation: More than 6,500 deliveries later—a nurse retires

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    • Indiana: After almost 43 years and more than 6,500 babies, Bea Bray next month will retire as a nurse from IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital's labor and delivery unit. Bray said she stayed in her role so long because she loved her job. "I don't get tired of seeing babies being born," she said. "The most rewarding part is seeing the families get excited." Joseph Landwehr, medical director of maternal-fetal medicine at the hospital, told The Star Press, Bray would be "greatly missed" for her skill, humor, and compassion. And Landwehr would know; she helped deliver his first child (Bream, The Star Press, 4/6).

    • ­Kansas: Republican Gov. Sam Brownback signed a bill last week that will give parents more control over medical decisions about life-extending care for their disabled or critically ill children. Under the measure, providers must notify a parent when they plan to issue a do-not-resuscitate order or similar instructions, and the parent can refuse. In addition, the law, which takes effect July 1, allows parents to go to court if they believe the law is not being followed and requires health care providers to provide policies describing when medical treatment is deemded futile (Hanna, AP/Sacramento Bee, 4/7).

    • Minnesota: The Minnesota House and Gov. Mark Dayton (D) are pushing for $14 million in additional funding for University of Minnesota to train doctors to practice in rural areas of the state. The state funding would replace some of the revenue generated by not-for-profit insurance provider UCare, which recently scaled back its funding for the school's family medicine department. Currently, the higher education funding bill in the state Senate does not include supplemental funding for the family medicine department (McMullen, South Washington County Bulletin, 4/6).

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